2017-04-12 / Front Page

Eichman pleads not guilty to new alleged sex crimes

New charges stem from alleged offense in Brunswick


A former Topsham man facing 16 counts of alleged sex crimes against children in Sagadahoc County pleaded not guilty Tuesday to new charges he faces in Cumberland County.

A Cumberland County Grand Jury returned an indictment last week charging Henry Eichman, 56, with unlawful sexual contact, a Class B crime because it involved a minor under 12, and is punishable by up to 10 years incarceration and a $20,000 fine. 

He was also indicted on a lesser charge of unlawful sexual touching, a Class D crime.

His next court date is June 22.

The indictment stems from a complaint lodged with Brunswick Police Department.

Brunswick Police Cmdr. Mark Waltz said police received a complaint in September 2016 of an incident involving Eichman and a female minor under the age of 12, alleged to have occurred at St. John’s Catholic School in Brunswick where he taught theater.

Eichman, founder of the Midcoast Youth Theater Group, was arrested by the Topsham Police Department on Sept. 9, 2016. 

He was indicted by a Sagadahoc County Grand Jury in December on seven counts of unlawful sexual contact, three counts of visual sexual aggression against a child, and six counts of unlawful sexual touching. 

These alleged crimes took place between April 2013 and August 2016 and involve six different victims under the age of 13, according to court records. Ten of the alleged counts are crimes against children under 12, making them Class B crimes.

He pleaded not guilty to the 16 charges in West Bath District Court in January. He has a dispositional conference scheduled for June 7.

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